Biochemistry is the explanation of life in molecular terms. It involves the study of proteins, lipids, carbohydrates and nucleic acids which are the fundamental molecules of life. Biochemists try to understand how these molecules interact in living organisms, in health and disease. Biochemistry is one of the fastest growing areas of modern science. By taking a combination of papers from both Biological Sciences and Chemistry students will gain a solid grounding in the molecular and chemical principles underlying Biochemistry.
Biochemistry is available as a minor.
To complete a minor in Biochemistry students must complete 60 points from the papers listed below, including BIOMO301, a further 45 points of which at least 15 points must be BIOMO coded, and another 15 points must be CHEMY coded.
Note: There will be no new enrolments into the Biochemistry major from 2018. Students who commenced a major in Biochemistry in 2017 or prior should contact the Faculty of Science and Engineering for advice.
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Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location BIOMO101 Introduction to Molecular and Cellular Biology 18B (Hamilton) An introduction to the central concepts of Molecular and Cellular Biology, including the ultrastructure and function of cells, the biochemical processes involved, and the role of DNA in cellular function, inheritance and evolution. CHEMY102 Chemical Reactivity 18B (Hamilton) A theoretical and practical course covering aspects of physical and organic chemistry. This course is required for the chemistry major.
Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location BIOMO201 Biochemistry 18A (Hamilton) The aim of this paper is to familiarize students with the structure and function of proteins, nucleic acids, lipids and carbohydrates (as fundamental molecules of life). Students will be introduced to molecular techniques used to study these molecules and gain an appreciation of how they interact in living organisms in health and d... CHEMY201 Organic Chemistry 18B (Hamilton) This paper covers aspects of organic chemistry including reaction mechanisms with carbanion and radical intermediates; mechanisms of reactions of carbonyl groups and multiple electrophilic substitutions of aromatic rings; an introduction to carbohydrate chemistry. CHEMY202 Physical Chemistry 18B (Hamilton) This course covers aspects of physical chemistry including thermodynamics and phase equilibria; chemical kinetics; conductance and electrochemistry.
Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location BIOL310 Advanced Genetics 18A (Hamilton) A study of advanced microbial and eukaryotic genetics, DNA topology, nucleotide sequencing, regulation of gene expression, uses of recombinant DNA technology, and population genetics. BIOL351 Advanced Biochemistry 18B (Hamilton) This paper will examine mechanisms underlying cellular communication and trafficking of proteins between organelles, cellular stress responses, cell death, metabolic regulation in relation to control of enzyme activity and stability as well as human diseases (eg diabetes), mammalian vision, toxicology and inflammation. CHEM312 Organic and Physical Chemistry 2 18A (Hamilton) A theoretical paper covering aspects of organic and physical chemistry. This paper is required for the Chemistry major.
2018 Catalogue of Papers information current as of : 20 January 2020 2:00pm